The Best Wine-Colored Lipsticks for Every Skin Tone



Just like we enjoy cozying up with our Cabernet Sauvignon when the leaves begin to turn and temperatures cool, a wine-colored lipstick is the perfect pairing for fall and winter. A red lip always makes a statement, but if you're looking for something a bit more daring with amped up attitude, go darker. Lipsticks in hues that pay homage to full-bodied Bordeaux and spicy Syrahs promise a beautiful finish when it comes to a dramatic beauty look. Yet as much as we love a deep pout in the same shade as our perfect pour, wine-colored lipstick can be intimidating to select and apply.

We tapped celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose to assist us in the endeavor and take a turn as lipstick sommelier. Here he spills his best tips for determining just which shade of wine-colored lipstick to pair with every skin tone, as well as everything you need to know for a flawless application.

For starters, Barose says that rocking a wine-colored lipstick is "all about the attitude." Because it's so dark, it's tougher, edgier, and harder than its basic red alternative. As Barose puts it, it's "not what you pick when you want to be pretty." While committing to a wine-colored pout can be intimidating, Barose notes that the upside is that as far as the color goes, it reads much like a neutral and works with a lot of different skin tones.

Keep reading to discover the perfect pairing for every skin tone and take note of all of Nick Barose's tips.